The Cultural Fund
The Arts Council – ten members, appointed by the government – is responsible for the management of the Norwegian Cultural Fund (100 million euros in 2020). The final decision on the allocation of money from the Fund is made by the Council, following the arm's length principle.
The Cultural Fund covers seven fields of professional activity: literature, music, performing arts, visual arts, cultural heritage and arenas for art and other events. The funds are allocated to the independent art sector outside the significant, government-support institutions.
The goals of the Norwegian Cultural Fund are to stimulate creative literary and artistic activities, preserve cultural heritage and to make cultural life accessible for as many people as possible. Also, allocations from the Fund serve to support innovative art, encourage new forms of artistic expression and stimulate new presentation methods.
You can apply for financial support from several funding schemes, including:
- Project funding
- Funding for organisers
- Dissemination and mediation
- Production funding
- Perannual funding for artist groups and institutions
The Council usually meets six times a year and is advised by 26 expert committees with 122 members. Arts Council members are appointed by the Ministry of Culture based on their artistic and cultural qualifications. Chair of the Council is Lars Petter Hagen.
Arts Council Norway received 8832 applications for funding from the Cultural Fund in 2019. 3713 applications were granted financial support.